Word is almost inescapable these days. How many of us even remember the competitors? WordStar? WordPerfect? Ami Pro? I know as a matter of faith that there are plenty of bugs in Word, yet somehow I never seem to run into them.
For all the crap we hear about Microsoft products, consider this. As blogger Schaut tells us, in Word we have:
Whether software ought to be that complex is another question, but there's no denying that making it work for millions of customers for hours a day the world over is a formidable accomplishment.
- More than 850 command functions (e.g. Bold and Italic are the same command function)
- More than 1600 distinct commands (e.g. Bold and Italic are distinct commands)
- At any given time roughly 50% of these commands are enabled (conservative estimate)
With just 3 steps, the possible combinations of code execution paths exceeds 500 million
Anyway, I'll be back there once in a while. It's definitely worth a look.